Glu Recruit, the South Yorkshire based specialist recruitment consultancy, has announced the winner of their 2020 Office Heroes Awards, the annual awards ceremony that celebrates the unsung heroes of the workplace in the Sheffield City Region.

This year’s event was held in a virtual setting on Friday 4th December, and was won by Charlotte Swinhoe, Fundraiser at Weston Park Cancer Charity.

After a record 50 nominations, the judging panel comprising of key figures from the local business community, and also featuring Harry Gration MBE of Look North fame, reviewed each application to decide on the final shortlist of ten, along with the overall winner, two highly commended and one special mention award.

Rob Shaw, managing director of Glu Recruit and founder of the Office Heroes Awards comments: “We are so happy that not only were we still able to run the Office Heroes Awards this year, but we also managed to make this one the biggest and best yet! We were keen to still run the awards, despite the restrictions we are all facing due to the pandemic, and decided that running the event in a virtual setting was a better option that cancelling it and losing the momentum it has gained since the first awards in 2018.

“After the year we have all had, we felt it was even more important than ever to celebrate those unsung heroes in the workplace who have all played key roles in helping their organisations tackle the new ways of working we have had to undertake.

“The ethos of the Office Heroes Awards has always been to shine the spotlight on individuals who go above and beyond, day after day, to support their teams and their businesses, and in 2020 in particular we were looking out for those stand out performers, who don’t usually get recognised at traditional awards ceremonies for their hard work and stand out achievements.

“Every single nomination we received lived up to the criteria, and it’s safe to say that they are all Office Heroes within their organisations. It’s an honour to hear about and meet all of these fantastic people”

Harry Gration MBE, comments on behalf of the judging panel: “It was a great honour to be part of the judging team. We were initially searching for the person that went the extra mile, but quickly realised due to the calibre of nominations that it would have to be the person who went the extra ten miles. We then had to adapt this even further to the person that went the extra one hundred miles because it was the most difficult judging we have all ever had to make!

“My heartfelt congratulations go to Charlotte who is a worthy winner, and one comment I absolutely loved from her nomination was that if she could be bottled, they could sell her and make a fortune, and that was a lovely way of describing her, because she is the perfect person to have around the office.

“The one thing that characterised everyone on the shortlist this year, was how humble they all were in saying it was their colleagues that helped get them here. Next year, we will have to look for a super man or super woman as that is what you have to be to win this award!”